On Sunday, July 24th, Pastor Tony preached from the Gospel of Mark, with a sermon titled, “Human Despair and Helplessness Meets the Power of Christ”. The sermon’s emphasis was that the power of Christ can relieve despair and helplessness despite our lack of faith. We were reminded that we all have different needs, different amounts of faith (which is a gift from God, not a man-made feeling or attitude), that God heals us in different ways, but all with the same purpose – to restore us to him. Worship services were at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
8:30 am Early Worship Service 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:00 am Late Worship Service 6:00 pm Evening Prayer & Study
Text: Mark 5:21-43
Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Hymn of Adoration: #117 The Spacious Firmament on High
Hymn or Spiritual Song: #93 The Tender Love a Father Has
Hymn of Response: #310 Rejoice, the Lord is King
Dismissal Hymn: #716 Sing to the Lord of Harvest
Additional Readings: The Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 1, Section 1
I. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.
1 – ROM 2:14-15, PSA 19:13, ROM 1:32-2:1; 2 – 1CO 1:21, 2:13-14; 3 – HEB 1:1; 4 – PRO 22:19-21, LUK 1:3-4, ROM 15:4, MAT 4:4,7,10, ISA 8:19; 5 – 2TI 3:15, 2PE 1:19; 6 – HEB 1:1-2
Full Liturgy for July 24th, 2011 (PDF)
Sermons from the Exposition of Mark
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